Phaedra Parks Told Us 14 Fascinating BTS Facts About Her Time On "The Traitors"

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🚨Warning: This post contains major spoilers for Season 2 of The Traitors 🚨

Phaedra Parks dressed in a ruffled black attire for a BuzzFeed "Spotlight" feature

1.Phaedra's style inspiration were Dynasty stars Joan Collins and Diahann Carroll.

Closeup of Phaedra on "The Traitors"

2.Phaedra and Carsten "Bergie" Bergersen's friendship started on the plane ride to Scotland.

Carsten and Phaedra on "The Traitors"

3.Though they're longtime friends, Phaedra and fellow Real Housewives of Atlanta star Shereé Whitfield didn't know they were both on The Traitors ahead of time.

Screenshot from "The Traitors"

4.Phaedra said she defended Dan in one of the early roundtables, but it apparently didn't make the final cut of the episode.

Closeup of Phaedra Parks
Closeup of Phaedra Parks
Dan Gheesling in a cloak, promoting Peacock's
Dan Gheesling in a cloak, promoting Peacock's

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"[Mercedes 'MJ' Javid] was on to Dan at the first or second roundtable. I defended him. I said, 'You know, he is definitely strange, very weird. But we cannot make weird social awkwardness a reason to vote him out.' So I really defended him."

5.Phaedra didn't think the "Lord not Ekin-Su" moment would become a meme.

Screenshot from "The Traitors"

6.Phaedra said she offered to "help" Dan before the roundtable where he was banished.

Closeup of Dan Gheesling

7.Phaedra was "totally blindsided" by Dan accusing her of being a Traitor.

Closeup of Phaedra on "The Traitors"

8.Phaedra could sense people were starting to think she was a Traitor.

Screenshot from "The Traitors"

"After Dan did what he did, I knew that I was under suspicion anyway because of [his] comments. So at that point, I knew I just had to play the best game that I could play and let the chips fall where they may. Because I was going to just keep playing like I was playing."

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9.Phaedra said she was endeared to keep Trishelle Cannatella around after The Real World and The Challenge alum confided in her about her experience on reality TV.

Trishelle Cannatella on "The Traitors"

10.Phaedra left Peter Weber and Parvati's conversation in the armory to avoid being implicated as a Traitor.

Closeup of Peter Weber
Closeup of Peter Weber
Closeup of Parvati
Closeup of Parvati

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"I would be crazy because that would implicate me. I'm super smart now. First of all, I knew Pete really felt like he was the second coming of Matlock, so I was not going to be in any rooms with him, especially not with a fellow Traitor."

11.Phaedra declined to light Parvati’s torch in Episode 7 because she thought it would have been a “giveaway” of her own Traitor status.

Screenshot from "The Traitors"

12.Phaedra picked Kate Chastain to be a Traitor because she found her funny.

Closeup of Kate Chastain

13.Phaedra shared which Real Housewives stars she'd like to see compete in Season 3, and that includes a former Atlanta costar.

Woman in metallic striped dress posing against an arched backdrop

14.Finally, there's apparently still "tension" among the contestants.

Cast of a TV show standing in front of a castle, dressed in a mix of formal and casual attire

"Not with me, but yeah [there is] definitely some notable tension."

Euan Cherry/PEACOCK

New episodes of The Traitors air Thursday at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on Peacock

The quotes above have been edited for clarity and brevity.